Thanks to a bit of vanilla protein powder, these strawberries and cream overnight oats are a healthy excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
While Bry could eat Peanut Butter Overnight Oats every morning for breakfast and not get tired of them, I like to add a little variety to my morning routine. And lately I’ve been craving fruitier flavors but still with enough protein to keep me full until lunch (or at least until my 10am snack).
While Greek yogurt provides a decent amount of protein, I found I was still getting hungry within an hour or two of breakfast (and when you eat breakfast at 6 and you’re already needing a snack by 7 or 8 you know it’s going to be a long and hungry morning). So then I started experimenting with putting protein powder in my oats. Voila! The protein powder keeps me nice and full, some days all the way through to lunch.
The key is knowing how absorbent your protein powder is. I’ve tried brands where I could easily mix the powder into yogurts without a huge change to consistency whereas other brands act like volumizing shampoo and you need a lot more liquid to keep the desired consistency. My favorite brand of protein powder is definitely in this latter category, so depending on how thick you like your overnight oats, you may need to add additional almond milk either when you initially mix it or when you go to eat it the next day.
I also played around with mixing in the strawberry puree vs layering it. While presentation-wise it looks much prettier to layer, time-wise it takes a bit more effort as you need to let the oats firm up a bit first in the fridge (at least an hour) then layer them with the puree. However, taste-wise I actually thought the layered ones tasted slightly better as the flavor of the strawberry stood out more. Regardless of which method you go with, I promise you’ll end up with creamy, strawberry-studded oats.
Because Bry and I are trying to limit our intake of added sugars, the only sweetness in these overnight oats is from the strawberries and stevia in the protein powder. However, if it tastes too bland to you, feel free to add a touch of honey to the strawberry puree.
If you’ve been following the blog, then you know Bry and I are making the move out West this weekend! As we’ll be spending all next week driving across the country, there will be a change up to the normal routine of Healthy Toast Posts. Instead of three new recipes, I’ll be featuring a round-up of healthier eats for the 4th of July on Monday then round-ups of healthy breakfasts perfect for meal prep on Wednesday and Friday. I’ve been wanting to do some breakfast meal prep posts for awhile as you guys have been loving my THT Meal Planning Guides for lunches and dinners, but my favorite meal of the day was being excluded. So get ready for some delicious overnight oats as well as savory egg-based options!
So here’s a toast to breakfast that equally pretty to look at and delicious to eat!
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I have made Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats before but would love to try this recipe too.
I’ve never put chocolate in my peanut butter overnight oats, but now I’m questioning why I haven’t – that sounds so good! I hope you give this recipe a try 🙂 It’s a nice change up especially in the summer!
I love overnight oats,will be trying this recipe for sure 🙂
Definitely give them a try! I think they’re perfect for summer!
This is exactly how I love my overnight oats!
It’s so yummy! Do you mix yours or layer them?